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Publication numberUS20060258509 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/908,470
Publication dateNov 16, 2006
Filing dateMay 12, 2005
Priority dateMay 12, 2005
Also published asUS7396318
Publication number10908470, 908470, US 2006/0258509 A1, US 2006/258509 A1, US 20060258509 A1, US 20060258509A1, US 2006258509 A1, US 2006258509A1, US-A1-20060258509, US-A1-2006258509, US2006/0258509A1, US2006/258509A1, US20060258509 A1, US20060258509A1, US2006258509 A1, US2006258509A1
InventorsCraig Adams
Original AssigneeCraig Adams
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spring arrangement for a recreational structure
US 20060258509 A1
Abstract
A spring arrangement for a trampoline includes a rebounding surface, a frame structure having a top portion and a bottom portion, and a plurality of spring members that are mechanically coupled between the rebounding surface and the frame structure. A first group of spring members are mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame structure and a second group of spring members are mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame structure. In one exemplary embodiment, the spring members of the first group and the second group are alternately arranged along the frame structure. In another exemplary embodiment, the frame structure is formed by a plurality of frame members.
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1. A spring arrangement for a trampoline, comprising:
a rebounding surface;
a single frame structure having a top portion and a bottom portion; and
a plurality of spring members mechanically coupled between the rebounding surface and the single frame structure, a first group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the top portion of the single frame structure and a second group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the single frame structure.
2. The spring arrangement according to claim 1, wherein spring members of the first group and the second group are alternately arranged along the single frame structure.
3. The spring arrangement according to claim 1, wherein the single frame structure is formed by a plurality of frame members.
4. The spring arrangement according to claim 2, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent to a spring member of the second group.
5. The spring arrangement according to claim 4, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the second group.
6. The spring arrangement according to claim 2, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent to a spring member of the first group.
7. The spring arrangement according to claim 6, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the first group.
8. The spring arrangement according to claim 2, wherein a first predetermined number of spring member of the first group is alternately arranged along the frame structure with a second predetermined number of spring members from the second group.
9. The spring arrangement according to claim 1, wherein spring members of the first group are arranged along the single frame structure to generate a torque that is applied to the frame structure in opposition to a torque generated by spring members of the second group.
10. The spring arrangement according to claim 1, wherein the rebounding surface is a single rebounding surface.
11. The spring arrangement according to claim 1, wherein the frame structure includes at least one frame member, the frame member having a top portion and a bottom portion,
wherein the plurality of spring members mechanically are coupled between the rebounding surface and the frame member, and
wherein the first group of spring members is mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame member and the second group of spring members is mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame member.
12. A spring arrangement for a trampoline, comprising:
a single rebounding surface;
a frame structure having a top portion and a bottom portion; and
a plurality of spring members mechanically coupled between the single rebounding surface and the frame structure, a first group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame structure and a second group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame structure.
13. The spring arrangement according to claim 12, wherein the frame structure is formed by a plurality of frame members.
14. The spring arrangement according to claim 12, wherein spring members of the first group and the second group are alternately arranged along the frame structure.
15. The spring arrangement according to claim 14, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent to a spring member of the second group.
16. The spring arrangement according to claim 15, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the second group.
17. The spring arrangement according to claim 14, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent to a spring member of the first group.
18. The spring arrangement according to claim 17, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the first group.
19. The spring arrangement according to claim 14, wherein a first predetermined number of spring member of the first group is alternately arranged along the frame structure with a second predetermined number of spring members from the second group.
20. The spring arrangement according to claim 12, wherein spring members of the first group are arranged along the frame structure to generate a torque that is applied to the frame structure in opposition to a torque generated by spring members of the second group.
21. The spring arrangement according to claim 12, wherein the frame structure includes at least one frame member, the frame member having a top portion and a bottom portion,
wherein the plurality of spring members mechanically are coupled between the rebounding surface and the frame member, and
wherein the first group of spring members is mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame member and the second group of spring members is mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame member.
22. A spring arrangement for a trampoline, comprising:
a rebounding surface;
a frame structure having at least one frame member, the frame member having a top portion and a bottom portion; and
a plurality of spring members mechanically coupled between the rebounding surface and the frame member, a first group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame member and a second group of spring members being mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame member.
23. The spring arrangement according to claim 22, wherein the frame structure is formed by a plurality of frame members.
24. The spring arrangement according to claim 22, wherein spring members of the first group and the second group are alternately arranged along the frame member.
25. The spring arrangement according to claim 23, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent to a spring member of the second group.
26. The spring arrangement according to claim 24, wherein each spring member of the first group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the second group.
27. The spring arrangement according to claim 23, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent to a spring member of the first group.
28. The spring arrangement according to claim 26, wherein each spring member of the second group is adjacent on two sides to a spring member of the first group.
29. The spring arrangement according to claim 23, wherein a first predetermined number of spring member of the first group is alternately arranged along the frame member with a second predetermined number of spring members from the second group.
30. The spring arrangement according to claim 22, wherein spring members of the first group are arranged along the frame member to generate a torque that is applied to the frame structure in opposition to a torque generated by spring members of the second group.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to recreational structures. More particularly, the present invention relates to a spring arrangement for a recreational structure, such as a trampoline.

2. Description of the Related Art

FIG. 1 depicts the forces that are applied to a frame of a trampoline that has conventionally configured spring members. More specifically, FIG. 1 depicts a cross-sectional view of a frame 101 is part of, for example, a circular frame that forms the perimeter of a trampoline. Frame 101 is disposed on a vertical frame member 102, such as a leg of the trampoline. A spring member 103 mechanically connects a rebounding surface (not shown) to frame 101. In particular, a hook member 104 that is part of spring member 103 is inserted through a hole 105 (not plainly shown in FIG. 1) that is in the “top” of frame 101. Other spring members that are disposed behind spring member 103 and are not visible in FIG. 1 are mechanically connected to frame 101 in the same manner has shown in FIG. 1.

As the rebounding surface of the trampoline is jumped on, a horizontal force 106 and a vertical force 107 are applied to spring member 103 that is transmitted to frame 101. The nature of the mechanical connection of spring member 103 to frame 101, that is, the mechanical connection of hook member 104 through hole 105, causes a torque 108 to be applied to frame 101. Torque 108 causes vertical frame member 102 to bow outward from the center of the trampoline, as depicted by arrow 109.

The cyclic loading caused by torque 108 has a tendency to cause fatigue in vertical frame member 102 at the mechanical connection between frame 101 and vertical frame member 102 and along the length of vertical frame member 102.

What is needed is a technique for reducing the torque applied to a frame member of a trampoline, thereby minimizing the bowing and the fatigue caused in a vertical frame member of a trampoline.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a technique for reducing the torque applied to a frame member of a trampoline, thereby minimizing the bowing and the fatigue caused in a vertical frame member of a trampoline.

The present invention provides a spring arrangement for a trampoline that includes a rebounding surface, a frame structure having a top portion and a bottom portion, and a plurality of spring members that are mechanically coupled between the rebounding surface and the frame structure. According to the present invention, a first group of spring members are mechanically coupled to the top portion of the frame structure and a second group of spring members are mechanically coupled to the bottom portion of the frame structure. In one exemplary embodiment, the spring members of the first group and the second group are alternately arranged along the frame structure. In another exemplary embodiment, the frame structure is formed by a plurality of frame members.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention is illustrated by way of example and not by limitation in the accompanying figures in which like reference numerals indicate similar elements and in which:

FIG. 1 depicts the forces that are applied to a frame of a trampoline that has conventionally configured spring members;

FIG. 2 depicts the forces that are applied to a frame of a trampoline that has spring members that are configured according to the present invention; and

FIG. 3 is a top view of a portion of a trampoline that has spring members that are configured according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a technique for reducing the torque applied to a frame member of a trampoline, thereby minimizing the bowing and the fatigue caused in a vertical frame member of a trampoline.

FIG. 2 depicts the forces that are applied to a frame of a trampoline that has spring members that are configured according to the present invention. More specifically, FIG. 2 depicts a cross-sectional view of a frame 201 is part of, for example, a circular frame that forms the perimeter of a trampoline. Frame 201 is disposed on a vertical frame member 202, such as a leg of the trampoline. A spring member 203 that is visible in FIG. 2 mechanically connects a rebounding surface 210 (not shown in FIG. 2) to frame 201. In particular, a hook member 204 a that is part of spring member 203 is inserted through a hole 205 a (not plainly shown in FIG. 2) that is in the “top” of frame 201. A second spring member that is disposed behind spring member 203 and that is not completely visible in FIG. 2 is mechanically connected to frame 201 by having a hook member 204 b that is inserted through a hole (not visible in FIG. 2) that is in the “bottom” of frame 201. In one exemplary embodiment of the present invention, all of the spring members that mechanically connect the rebounding surface to frame 201 are alternately connected to the “top” and “bottom” of frame 201. FIG. 3 is a top view of a portion of a trampoline that has spring members that are configured according to the present invention.

As the rebounding surface of the trampoline is jumped on, a horizontal force 206 and a vertical force 207 are applied to spring member 203 that is transmitted to frame 201, as shown in FIG. 2. The alternating nature of each mechanical connection of spring members 203 to frame 201, that is, the mechanical connection of the corresponding hook member 204 through the top and bottom holes 205, cause a torque 208 a and a torque 208 b to be applied to frame 201. In particular, spring members that are mechanically connected to the “top” of frame 201 cause a torque 208 a to be applied to frame 201. Spring members that are mechanically connected to the bottom of frame cause a torque 208 b to be applied to frame 201. Torques 208 a and 208 b operate to cancel each other, and thereby reduces the tendency for vertical frame member 202 to bow outward from the center of the trampoline.

While FIG. 2 shows only a cross-sectional view of a portion of frame 201 and while FIG. 3 depicts a unitary frame 201, it should be understood that frame 201 could be formed from a plurality of frame members that when assembled for a single frame structure.

Although the foregoing invention has been described in some detail for purposes of clarity of understanding, it will be apparent that certain changes and modifications may be practiced that are within the scope of the appended claims. Accordingly, the present embodiments are to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive, and the invention is not to be limited to the details given herein, but may be modified within the scope and equivalents of the appended claims.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7918764Jan 7, 2008Apr 5, 2011Vanelverdinghe Jeffry LPanel-type frame structure for a recreational structure
Classifications
U.S. Classification482/27
International ClassificationA63B5/11
Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/023, A63B5/11
European ClassificationA63B5/11
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Aug 24, 2011SULPSurcharge for late payment
Aug 4, 2011FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Jul 5, 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: CA06, LLC, OREGON
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:ADAMS, CRAIG;REEL/FRAME:019519/0754
Effective date: 20070625
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Owner name: CRAIG ADAMS, OREGON
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Effective date: 20060121